Kell’s Sheffield blockbuster is a massive hit on Sky Sports
Kell Brook's brilliant War of the Roses victory over Matthew Hatton was watched by record numbers on Sky Sports.
The welterweight star signalled his intention to shake up the welterweight scene at World level with a commanding points win over Hatton in the Mancunian’s 50th pro outing, and the top class evening of boxing from the Motorpoint Arena Sheffield gripped the living rooms of Britain as well as captivating the 10,000 packed into the Arena.
Carl Frampton defended his Commonwealth super bantamweight crown with a second round stoppage of Ghanaian Prosper Ankrah, while Kerry Hope wrestled the European middleweight title away from Greg Proksa in a gruelling 12 round battle live on Sky Sports before Brook’s masterclass.
“I was thrilled with the sell-out crowd so to hear about the TV figures is amazing,” said Brook, who moved his unbeaten record to 27-0. “A lot of people said I might not handle the pressure but I thrived on it and I hope that the next time I’m out we can create something even bigger.”
With the world at his feet, the 25 year-old hopes to return to Sheffield in the summer in another huge night for the Steel City, and his promoter Eddie Hearn will be keen to let ‘The Special One’ sample another big night in his hometown in a few months time.
“The figures we received from Sky Sports are just further proof that Kell really is Special,” said Hearn. “It was a fantastic night and all the fighters involved should be proud of the part they played entertaining a full house in Sheffield and hundreds of thousands of households in the UK. Nights like last Saturday are the future of British boxing and the figures prove that.”
HATTON CARD CLOSE TO SELL-OUT
HATTON Promotions have added more seats into Ponds Forge Arena for Saturday’s bumper Sheffield bill.
The response from the Steel City public has been incredible with unbeaten prospects Adam Etches and Scott Jenkins selling almost 1000 tickets between them.
In the bill topper on the Sky Sports televised show Gary Buckland defends his British super-featherweight title against Middleborough’s Paul Truscott.
Buckland thrilled Sheffield fans last September when he became champion by beating Gary Sykes in a thriller and fans obviously want more of the exciting Welshman.
Hatton Promotions CEO Ricky Hatton: “Sheffield is hotbed for boxing and amazing sales for this weekend prove it.
“Fortunately we have managed to squeeze in a few more seats and a limited number of tickets are now available from our box office.
“At Hatton Promotions we pride ourselves on great shows and fine matchmaking and with most shows selling out, we are doing something right.
“It promises to be an exceptional night on Saturday. Buckland v Truscott will be edge of the seat stuff for sure.
“With this sort of response we will be back in Sheffield very soon with another top class show.”
Undercard fights: Patrick Mendy v Bradley Pryce, Sergey Rabchenko v Ronny Gabel, Richard Towers v Harold Sconiers, Adam Etches v Stilian Kostoc, Scott Jenkins v Adrian FuzesiMitch Buckland v Francis Maina. Carl Bell, Jason Cunningham and Jack Perry face selected opponents
Boxing starts at 6.15pm and the handful of tickets remaining are priced £35 general admission, £55 floor seating, £75 ringside and £100 VIP Ringside. You can buy by calling The Hatton Box Office 01925 755 222, Ticketmaster 0844 847 2500, Ticketline 0844 888 9991, any boxer on the bill or online www.hattonboxing.com
Shamrock Showdown II - Choi Headlines, Lindsay Returns and Fearon Showcases New Signings
They don’t call promoter Spencer Fearon ‘Mr Boxing’ for nothing, the man who boxed under the name ‘The Spirit’ has turned the London Boxing scene on it’s head, since making the move to promoting, and in the process his Hard Knocks Boxing Promotions organisation has rightfully earned the reputation of putting on the best shows in the Capital, bar none.
Why you may ask? Well the answer is simple, the fans are treated to genuine 50/50 fights between the most heavily avoided fighters in the land, and beyond. The result is virtually every fight on every show becomes an instant all ‘Fight of the Year’ contender.
Take his last show, at the York Hall in Bethnal Green back in October last year, there were five barn storming fights, in fact every fight was top class so it really is hard to know which fight to highlight.
It could so easily be Choi Tseveenpurev out and out war with Janis Puksins, mind you it only took Choi four minutes and forty six seconds to dispatch the young upstart, or it could be the feisty all action British Masters title rematch between Darren Hamilton and Dave Ryan. Then again Nathan Graham’s firestorm win over Aleksandrs Radjuks was something
special as was Kreshnik Qato’s bruising battle with Terry Carruthers but for this I’ve decided to go with the sensational Simon O'Donnell versus Ty Mitchell bout.
The fight started out with Derby’s Mitchell taking the fight to the ultra slick O’Donnell, pitter-pattering his way in with his superb jab before unloading big right hands with great effect, so much so that O’Donnell was sent to the canvas midway through the first round.
Round two see the pair go on full out attack, Mitchell dropping his hands in an attempt to out speed the super fast forward coming O’Donnell. Round three was more of the same but the turning point came about midway through the third, when O’Donnell landed a pair of massive right hands, the last sending Mitchell’s gumshield into orbit.
That was it then, O’Donnell had the mark of his man and he wasn’t going to let him off lightly, constantly letting rip with big rights and vicious left hooks at every opportunity in the fourth and fifth rounds.
Whilst still looking to land the big shots in the sixth, O’Donnell turned to his slick jabbing until the opening came and he fired off a massive right hand left hook combination that sent the Midlander crashing down and out to the canvas, Mitchell did get to his feet but was clearly in no state to continue.
Spencer’s next offering, Shamrock Showdown II, at The Troxy in Limehouse, London this coming Friday (23rd March), is clearly going to offer those lucky enough to score a ticket more of the same fare.
For a start Simon O’Donnell will be back in action, as will Hard Knocks stalwarts Darren Hamilton and Nathan Graham.
Heading up the show will see the Mongolian Warrior himself, ‘Choi’, taking on Bastien Rozeaux for the WBC International Silver title. Choi is a supreme knockout artist, but in Rozeaux he may have met his equal, as the Frenchman has an eighty percent knockout record, so expect an all out war with an early finish.
For ‘SHAMROCK SHOWDOWN II’ Spencer will be showcasing three of his latest signings. First up is the former IBF Youth and British Featherweight Champion Martin Lindsay.
Lindsay, whose record stands at 17-1, has been out of the ring since losing his British title, to John Simpson back in December 2010, and will surely be looking to impress in order to get back into Championship contention once again.
SHAMROCK SHOWDOWN II also features the debut of Spencer’s protégé Larry ‘The Natural’ Ekundayo, whom Mr Boxing describes as ‘seriously special’, so read that as this kid is exceptional and a star of the future.
The final new signing on the show is TRAD TKO Boxing Gym’s Dutch Cruiserweight sensation Mitchell Balker, who takes on unbeaten Leed’s hardman Phil ‘China’ Clarke.
Now those of you who do not know Balker are in for a treat. As an amateur this kid traveled to New York on his own to take part in, and win, the prestigious Golden Gloves at the famous Madison Square Gardens.
After winning his first three pro bout Balker then relocated to London to be managed and trained by the esteemed Johnny Eames. In his first UK fight he took on top British cruiserweight Matty Askin, which he lost in a rather controversial manner, after the referee stepped in to stop the fight midway through an exchange that clearly hurt Hatton’s prospect and give the decision in favour of Askin.
Balker bounced straight back with a great shutout victory over Nick Okoth before facing world ranked knockout artist Richard Turba on yet another Hatton show, this time Balker made sure that Turba wouldn’t get any home advantage, even after visiting the canvas in the second, by dominating every single round in magnificent style to take a close 57-56 points victory.
That was a seriously big win, one which rocketed the Dutchman into the World top fifty, however it also sent him the top of the domestic ‘Fighter’s to Avoid’ list and it became almost impossible to get him any more fights in the UK, that is until Spencer took him into the Hard Knocks fold.
“he’s a good fighter, he has the potential to be a great fighter if he’s given the opportunity. He’s an exciting fighter and this will be a highly exciting fight over six rounds.
He’s sold a lot of tickets, which is surprising as he’s from the Netherlands, so he’s going to come out and impress his supporters.
He’s gonna do his job and he’s in for a good fight, this other kid’s a good fighter, fair play to Mark Gateson, he brings his boys together and they come to win, they don’t come to make up the numbers and Phil Clarke’s got a good pedigree, he’s unbeaten in seven.
Mitchell’s in great, great shape and It’s going to be a great, great fight, I’m looking forward to it.
Anyone that comes to the show or subscribe to Premier Sports are set for a fantastic evening of Boxing.
I put on proper fights, our shows are full of exciting fights and this one is no different, it don’t matter if our fighters win or not I just want the best fights and that means ones that are evenly matched and either fighter can win.
Get there, get there, just go to the TKO website and buy tickets and get ready for the best show in town, it’ll be incredible - I’m living the dream, Hard Knocks for life.”
Mitchell Balker versus China Clarke will feature on the support card of Choi Tseveenpurev’s challenge for the vacant WBC Silver International Featherweight title at Spencer Fearon’s Hard Knocks Boxing Promotions ‘Shamrock Showdown II’ event at the Troxy in Limehouse, London on Friday 23rd March and broadcast live on Premier Sports (Sky platform Ch 433)
Limited amount of tickets still available, priced £35 on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com or in person at the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym, Gillian House, Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London E16 4SATags: Matthew Hatton , British Boxing , Kell Brook , Brook-Hatton , Brook vs Hatton